Doctorate Visual Arts in Fine Art

VUT Research offers students in the Faculty of Human Sciences the opportunity to complete a Doctorate Visual Arts in Fine Art. Postgraduate students who complete a Doctorate show their absolute dedication to a field and are experts in their relevant industries as this is the highest qualification a student can achieve within this field of study. These students are able to make significant contributions to the industry through their extensive knowledge and skill set. This qualification provides an opportunity for graduates to complete a research project by dissertation only or by practice-based research or practice-led research project. The duration of the course is two years of full-time study.

Doctorate Visual Arts in Fine Art

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Master of Visual Arts in Fine Art Course Requirements

In order for students to gain admission to complete a Doctorate Visual Arts in Fine Art, they need to have achieved a relevant M-Tech or equivalent approved by SAQA as well as a Research Methodology course. Students also need to provide proof of previous research experience and submit certified copies of their CV regarding academic history to the head of the department.

In addition to the academic qualifications stated above, the following admission criteria also need to be satisfied before a recommendation for admission to complete a Doctorate Visual Arts in Fine Art can be made:

  • The proposed topic must be appropriate for higher degree research and it must be consistent with the academic aims and objectives of the student.

  • The student must have access to the necessary resources, facilities and the necessary budget in order to complete the degree within the timeframe.

  • There must be a qualified staff member holding confirmed, continuous or fixed-term appointments of sufficient length for the purposes of supervision of the proposed research and student.

  • The proposed program of work must be able to be completed within the maximum period of submission for the degree.

  • A suitable level of contact with the university supervisors must be maintained.

  • Where the applicant is currently employed, capacity to meet the timelines and other requirements must be considered.

  • The proposed research cannot reproduce research that has previously been submitted for the award of a degree or diploma.

  • Where the intellectual property rights of the applicant may be a consideration, a suitable agreement protecting the rights of the student needs to be signed. If the student is unwilling to sign an agreement, the research proposal may not be approved and the student may be required to choose another topic in an area that is not commercially sensitive.

  • The applicant should have no outstanding financial obligation with the University and in the case of international applicants, they should be able to verify the necessary financial capacity to undertake the program.

  • The applicant must possess sufficient English language proficiency.

Fine Art Career Opportunities

Opportunities for graduates are available within educational institutions, government departments, creative industries (museums, art galleries, publishing houses, ceramic industries, advertising agencies, production houses, post-production houses, animation and game companies) as well as working in conjunction with architects in decorating of buildings (murals, mosaics or commissioned work). Specific job opportunities include: Self-employed practitioners: freelance consultants, retails developers, trend forecasters, curators, own companies; Arts Administrators, Work as senior managers or creative directors within the creative industries and government organizations; Research and Academic: lecturers/teachers/professors, writers, art critics/curators, and researcher. A Doctorate is the highest qualification a student can achieve within this field and students who have this qualification are considered masters or experts of their field of specialisation.

Doctorate Visual Arts in Fine Art